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Cubs rally to win season finale
Juan Pierre hit a go-ahead single in a three-run seventh inning Sunday and the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 8-5 in what was likely Dusty Baker's final game as manager.
The Cubs rallied from an early 4-0 deficit and finished 66-96, in last place in the National League.
Baker, without a contract extension after four years, will meet Monday with general manager Jim Hendry and is not expected to be retained.
"I have no regrets about coming here or nothing," Baker said before the game. "I just wish we could have gotten it done."
Baker's four-year record with the Cubs is 322-326. He was booed in the seventh inning when he went to the mound to change pitchers.
Colorado scored four in the third off Wade Miller on Kaz Matsui's two-run homer and Brad Hawpe's two-run, bases-loaded single.
Aramis Ramirez, who can opt out of his contract after the season, hit a two-run homer in the fourth to get the Cubs within 4-2.
Scott Moore singled with two outs in the seventh and Henry Blanco walked to finish Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who had given up just three hits in his first major league start.
Ronnie Cedeno hit an RBI single off reliever Jeremy Affeldt (4-2) to make it 4-3, and Chicago tied in when Rockies shortstop Clint Barnes fumbled pinch-hitter Angel Pagan's grounder for an error.
Pierre followed with an RBI single to left to put the Cubs ahead.
The Cubs added three in the eighth on John Mabry's RBI single and a two-run triple by Cedeno. Garrett Atkins hit his 29th homer in the Rockies ninth.
David Aardsma (3-0) got the win, getting two outs.
Miller, in his fifth start, gave up six hits and four runs in four innings. He spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from shoulder surgery.
Notes: The Rockies finished 76-86, a nine-win improvement from 2005. ... Jimenez was 14-4 in Double-A and Triple-A combined this season before being called up. He made his major league debut in relief last week. ... Cubs rookie pitchers started 78 games this season. ... The Wrigley Field grounds crew sang during the seventh-inning stretch. ... A crowd of 39,609 pushed the Cubs' season home attendance to 3,123,215 -- second largest in team history. The most well attended home season came in 2004 -- 3,170,184.